Targets or Captives? Obama’s LRA Challenge

19 October 2011 | ResolutionPossible

18 October 2011

As US military advisors prepare for their role in assisting regional forces to ‘kill or capture’ the LRA’s high command, they must not forget the realities of such operations. Kony has escaped bullets time and again; it is always the dispensable young abductees who bear the brunt of fire-fights between the LRA and  pursuing troops.

Erin Baines of the Justice and Reconciliation Project based in Gulu, Northern Uganda, asks of the US team: ‘will they know how to differentiate a rebel from a child who is captive? Will bombs land only on the commanders responsible, sparing the lives of the children?’

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